- Category : 1925-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (11)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Four Ways 1
American animator, television producer, and film director, who began his career as a production and character designer for Walt Disney Animation Studios films such as Cinderella (1950), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Later, he moved to Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he designed a great majority of the characters, including Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons dog Astro, and Penelope Pitstop in Wacky Races, and eventually became a director and producer.
Takamoto married twice and had a child with each wife. He died on 8 January 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from a heart attack at the age of 81.
Takamoto's memoirs were published posthumously in 2009 by University Press of Mississippi as Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters by Iwao Takamoto and Michael Mallory. An intimate memoir, Living With A Legend, was published posthumously in 2012 by TotalRecall Press by his stepdaughter, Leslie E. Stern.